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Pakistan Lodges Protest Over Mohammed Cartoons


The Pakistani government has summoned envoys of nine European countries to protest the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

On Saturday, diplomats from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Norway and the Czech Republic were called to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad to hear the protest from the world's second-largest Muslim nation.

A spokesperson said the diplomats were told that freedom of expression is not a license to disparage the values and beliefs of other people.

The cartoons, published in European newspapers, have enraged Muslims because Islamic tradition forbids any depiction of the prophet Mohammed to prevent idolatry.

The diplomatic protest comes a day after Pakistan's parliament denounced the publication of the cartoons.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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